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Alexis Jane Torre
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Alexis Jane Torre is also known as just A.J. She is 20 years old and attends the University of Arizona (Honors College). She is studying Communication and Math. She hopes to work in the education field one day because she has had awesome teachers and professors who really inspired and supported her, and she hopes to be able to do the same for others. She enjoys getting way too into Fantasy Basketball, putting her arms up on roller coasters, chilling out in coffee shops, and cheering on her Arizona Wildcats!

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Staying in a College Town Over the Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Even though I've lived in Tucson for about two years now, I haven't really embraced it as a home away from home. Instead, I decided to focus on its shortcomings in comparison to my hometown. The roads are bumpy and pothole-ridden. The houses aren't tucked away into the suburban neighborhoods...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:50 AM

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a thank you/ goodbye email to the fabulous Liz Perle, who was the first person I ever reached out to at the Huffington Post. It was a boring Sunday afternoon during my senior year of high school. I somehow stumbled upon HuffPost High School...

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Because It's Not Really About Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:47 PM

In my HuffPo blog post about participating on an Alternative Breaks trip over Spring Break (which was titled "Alternative Breaks: An Experience That Lasts Past Spring Break's End," a pretty appropriate title considering that I'm writing about it yet again), I brought up avoiding issues that make us uncomfortable, talking...

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Be a Girl Who Writes

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 7:49 PM

I've seen some very beautifully-written pieces about dating a girl who reads and dating a girl who writes. And, they are fantastic and so much more meaningful than any other dating advice I've seen on the interwebs lately. But, I feel like these pieces still aren't fully complete. Because you...

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Some Dating Advice on Dating Advice

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Sometimes, when I go without reading teen magazines or websites for a while, I forget that how much outdated dating advice is still out there. So, naturally, it shocks me to read some article called "10 Reasons Why You're Still Single," and have all these reasons revolve about how intimidating...

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Alternative Breaks: An Experience That Lasts Past Spring Break's End

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:08 PM

This spring break was certainly an adventure to say the least. Navigating through subway stations and crowded New York sidewalks. Getting lost in an unfamiliar city in an unfamiliar state in the pouring rain (which is pretty unfamiliar weather to me). Bundling up in layers of shirts and being sure...

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The Sophomore Slump and Other Excuses

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Being a sophomore in college is understandably less exciting than being a freshman. You've been on this campus before, you've gone to the sports games, and you've solidified your group of friends. You aren't anxiously anticipating the first day of school, spending hours picking out an outfit or decorating your...

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I'm 'Not Like Most Girls'

(17) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 1:03 PM

You probably know those movies and books where there's a female protagonist who is apparently "not like most girls." She actually likes sports and isn't catty. She doesn't cause drama or stress over her appearance. She is unlike every other female character, and she is unable to befriend most girls.

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Quotes that Remind Me of the Importance of Reading

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 12:27 PM

I honestly don't think I've actually finished reading a book in about six months. (It was Fight Club, completed on a two-hour car ride back to Tucson from Phoenix, but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about it. It's like a rule, or something.) For the past semester, I've...

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How Great Stories Start

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 8:58 AM

No great story started with "He stayed in the same job even though he hated it and knew that he wanted to quit but was scared to." Or with "And, she stayed with him, even though she found herself constantly questioning if this was right, and sometimes thinking it wasn't."...

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Coming Unstuck in Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 10:59 AM

"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." This quote from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five has stayed with me ever since I first read the book. This actually kind of surprises me, considering there are so many great and famous quotes from this book (cue the "Everything was beautiful and nothing...

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Why I Actually Enjoy Studying Math

(9) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 12:02 PM

Right now, I am currently double majoring in communication and math. I never pictured myself as a math major. But back in the beginning of my freshman year of college, I met with an adviser who spent all of 10 minutes convincing me to pick up a math major. (Note:...

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My First Semester of College Experience

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:20 AM

This past week back at the U of A, I've been noticing how college freshmen are so obviously college freshmen. They wear lanyards, spend hours picking out their first day of school outfit, and cheer out wrong names of players at football games. While I find all this amusing, I...

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When Your Story Starts

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2013 | 11:08 AM

This is probably going to sound like a very familiar plot line. The protagonist is in a rut of some kind. Maybe they're too career-oriented. Or maybe, it's the opposite; they're too much of a player (there's probably a fancier term for this, but hey, it gets the point across.)...

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The Whole Story

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:53 AM

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post for HuffPost Teen titled "Pretty Is Just a Word." It was about dealing with having vitiligo, a skin condition that causes white splotches on the skin. In this post, I wrote about how attending an academic summer program made...

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My Summer Bucket List

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Even though I live in Arizona, where the months from June to August are scorching hot with triple degree forecasts, summer is my absolute favorite season. I've always seen summer as the time to make changes, go on adventures, and do things outside of your comfort zone. While you can...

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Maybe it's Time to Fall Out of Love...

(7) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Breakups are always seen as upsetting, disappointing and possibly even life-shattering. We tend to think of them solely as losses. Falling out of love is supposed to be painful and borderline unbearable. In the midst of all the changed relationship statuses, ice cream tubs, and Taylor Swift songs, we forget...

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The 5 Defining Quotes of my Freshman Year

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 10:49 AM

1. "Don't be an amateur in your own life"

A couple months ago, I went to an event at my school called the Last Lecture Series. The
Last Lecture Series is where popular professors give a lecture as though it were their last.

The Astronomy professor at my...

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I Am Currently Learning to Unlearn

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 11:49 AM

You're going to be around 13 years-old, strolling down the magazine aisle as your mom is grocery shopping. You know that your mom takes forever and a half to get everything so you decide to flip through a magazine. You pick up a bright, glossy one with a photo of...

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A Breakup Letter to Summer 2010

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 2:03 PM

A sweltering hot Arizona summer spent away from home for the first time. That's how this story goes. Like most stories of growing attached, everything building up to this was just a combination of chance events that happened to fall together nicely. And, also like other stories dealing with attachment,...

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